Banned Onboard Airplane Hand Luggage

Published in Essentials

We reveal 10 things you'd be surprised you can't take on the plane in your hand luggage.
I’m sure you know about the liquid ban on hand luggage, but after security staff at Derry airport stopped students from flying with a Green Lantern Mask in his carry-on bag. The UK has strict security measures in place to stop ‘dangerous’ items from being taken on a flight. Some are obvious, but it may surprise you that unsuspecting items such as fishing rods are deemed dangerous. We reveal the strange items that are not allowed in your hand luggage.

1. Cigarette lighters (Multiple)
Oddly, considering the official line, ‘you can't take any objects in your hand baggage that could cause injury to yourself and other passengers,’ you can take a lighter on the plane, but no more than one. Confusingly, 'you must keep the lighter on your person throughout the flight. It is very important that you do not return it to your hand baggage after screening.'

2. Tent pegs
Flying to a Glastonbury festival? Camping? Don’t carry your tent pegs in your hand luggage, as they’ll get confiscated. Which will leave you a bit stuck. You’ll either have to sleep under the stars or pay that terrible Checked luggage fee.
3. Soup
The rules are the rules. While you might argue that a one-person portion of chicken and mushroom bears less threat to the safety of your fellow passengers than a lighter, liquid is liquid. Well, 101ml or more of liquid. The same goes for mascara, clotted cream and of course, water.

4. 10 litres of Curious by Britney Spears
You may think that you can get around the liquids rule by decanting big bottles into lots of little containers, but NO: ‘containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm’.

5. Medicine
While we’re on the subject of liquids, if you need to to keep a big bottle of ‘essential’ medicine on you, unfortunately you are out of luck. You can’t take more than 100ml of the stuff. Actually, you can, as long as you notify the airport in advance. Not sure that they’ll accept a bottle of Grey Goose vodka as essential medicine, but it’s worth a try.

6. Badminton racquets
The authorities take a dim view of sporting equipment. We understand Cricket bats and Crossbows but we can’t imagine a Badminton Racquet causing much injury. But the rules are rules.

7. Drills
If you are a jet-setting joiner or plumber, check-in bag fees will eat into your income, for you are not permitted to carry on essential tool bag items such as screwdrivers, spanners, pliers, saws, drills or drill bits on the plane.

8. Fishing rods
Why you’d want to take a harpoon away with you is your business, but if you’re off on a whaling holiday, it’ll have to go in the hold. The same goes for fishing rods, presumably so you’re not tempted to get your own back on that annoying child in seat 11A by hooking them with a sweetie worm.

9. Peroxide
From tear gas to infected blood and fire extinguishers, ‘Chemicals and Toxic Substances’ are a complete NO. This includes peroxide. So if you’re off to Malia with the lads and you’re all planning to amusingly bleach your hair, do it before you leave.

10. Flares
No, not the jeans your parents still have floating in there cupboard, though if it was up to us those would be banned too! No, signal flares "IN ANY FORM" are banned, just in case you were unsure.

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